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Course Description

Learn the principles of landscape design through an examination of historical influences and evolutionary changes. Through an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process, you will be introduced to the graphic hand-drawing techniques needed to produce landscape drawings, the foundation for landscape design projects.

The complete design process—including how to conduct a site analysis and select and arrange appropriate plant material and built features—will be covered through a series of assignments.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the influence of culturally-diverse historic gardens on landscape design
  • Identify important designers and predominant landscape styles
  • Describe and apply the principles and elements of landscape design
  • Describe and apply each step of the landscape design process on a residential project
  • Evaluate the design requirements of a residential landscape
  • Select building materials and plant types to meet function, aesthetic, hardiness and site requirements
  • Draw simple residential landscape plans and elevations
  • Describe and apply landscape design styles
  • Describe and apply softscape planting units
  • Recognize the trends, and environmental and ecological impact of landscaped gardens

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Landscape Design & Landscape Design History
  • Basic Hand Drafting and Graphics
  • Goals of the Landscape
  • The Landscape Design Process
  • Site Inventory & Analysis
  • Landscape Design Principles & Elements
  • Outdoor Rooms
  • Landscape Design Styles
  • Softscape Design
  • Hardscape Materials
  • Influential Persons and Organizations in Landscape Design
  • Trends in Landscape Design

Additional Requirements

  • This course is intended for adult learners who are at least 18 years of age.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • You can expect to spend 8 to 12 hours per week to complete the course content, readings, activities, discussions and assignments.

Landscape Design I and Ecological Design complete an area of focus in Landscape Design.

Landscape Design l is a required course in the Landscape Design Certificate/Diploma.

Do not enrol in this course if you have successfully completed Designing the Landscape (310-0005) OR Landscape Design I (310-0002).


Assessment Item Weight
Assignment 1: Landscape Graphics 5%

Assignment 2: Client Questionnaire, Site Analysis, and Landscape Inspiration

(3 parts)

Assignment 3: Site Plan Design Development 30%
Assignment 4: Design Development Site Plan with Planting Units 30%
Discussion Forums (2 x 5%) 10%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change. 

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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